The British Film Institute has crafted its newly-minted Japan 2020 celebration of Japanese cinema with a year-by-year timeline, taking a fresh approach in contrast to a traditional “Top 100”.
Dating back to 1925, the list includes an eclectic group of acclaimed films such as Akira Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai, Takashi Miike’s Audition, the international horror hit Ringu, Hirokazu Koreeda’s recent award-winning film Shoplifters, and anime classics Akira and Spirited Away.
Check out the complete list here.
Launching in May on BFI Player and BFI Blu-Ray, followed by nationwide screenings and a landmark season at BFI Southbank, the program casts the spotlight on filmmakers who have inspired admiration and fascination around the world. Beginning with Kurosawa, and presenting over the coming months films from the Golden Age, a focus on Yasujiro Ozu, new wave rebels, the visionary creations of anime, the netherworlds of J-horror, and more from archive rarities to contemporary works and cult classics.
The season has launched on BFI Player, with new online collections to be released each month. The program is tentatively scheduled to be presented at BFI Southbank and UK cinemas later this year.
Click the links below to read J-Generation’s reviews of some of BFI’s top picks, including:
The Yellow Handkerchief (Dir: Yoji Yamada)
Outrage (Dir: Takeshi Kitano)